Recommendation of router for a home network wanted

adrian johnson eyewarp at
Sun Aug 15 11:33:15 BST 2004


I use Smoothwall (which is free) on an old p133 PC with two NIC's, these are 
connected to my NTL cable box and a hub for my LAN, all my computers run 
from the hub and share the internet connection successfully, Smoothwall is 
well easy to setup and can be administered via web pages from your internal 


>From: Timothy Borgeaud <tim.borgeaud at>
>To: freebsd-users at
>Subject: Recommendation of router for a home network wanted
>Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 11:34:05 +0100
>Sorry that this isn't a FreeBSD question.
>My family have cable broadband and, with the acquisition of a couple more 
>computers, they would like to hook up more than just the one Macintosh that 
>is currently connected.
>Their service provider has told them that this is fine. So all they need is 
>a router and LAN.
>They have a cable modem (Scientific Atlanta webstar dpx100) which connects, 
>via a utp ethernet cable, directly to their Mac (It's possible that the 
>configuration has been set by their service provider in such a way as to 
>limit the normal possibilities for use of the modem).
>As fas as I know they do not have a static ip address.
>Ideally they would be looking for a single box that will provide a router 
>with a firewall (NAT at least would be required), a 4+ port ethernet switch 
>and possibly the cable modem
>as well. If it's better/cheaper/easier to have multiple boxes then they can 
>go that way.
>If anyone has any recommendations for equipment could they let me know. 
>Also any advice/tips regarding configuring this would be helpful.
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